Successful mid-term evaluation of DISCO
2nd Progress Meeting & Review meeting held in Brussels, Belgium
From 3 to 5 November 2015, two years after the launch of the DISCO project, the consortium came together for its 2nd Progress Meeting. Part of the meeting was a mid-term evaluation with the European Commission and an external project reviewer. Thanks to the hospitality of Scotland Europa, the DISCO consortium was able to hold its meeting at the Scotland House Conference Center, situated at the heart of the European Quarter in Brussels.
The first meeting day was dedicated to an internal discussion, where the academic and industry partners involved in DISCO described their individual work that has been done during the last two years. Presentations showed that already after the first half of the project a number of important tasks have been achieved by the consortium as well as several significant and interesting results have been obtained, which demonstrate an early success of the project on both the scientific and the more applied level.
In the presence of the Industry Advisor McCain Foods Ltd. further cooperation between the DISCO consortium and the multi-national company, one of the leaders in the frozen food industry, have been discussed.
Day 2 of the meeting was devoted to the project’s mid-term evaluation. The external project reviewer, Prof. Gerhard Sandmann of Goethe University Frankfurt as well as the representatives of the European Commission, Tomasz Calikowski and Andrea Grisorio, attended the meeting. As part of the evaluation process all DISCO work package leaders presented the progress, status quo and outlook in the scientific, management and dissemination work packages of the project. The evaluators were very pleased with the project’s progress: “The DISCO project shows already very interesting results. The current stage of the project offers now great potential to move to a more market side application of project outputs” concluded Prof. Sandmann at the end of the review meeting.
An Exploitation Strategy Workshop to ensuring a proper exploitation of project results was held by Eurice on the last meeting day. The workshop focused on central issues of IP management in FP7 and well as on the discussion of key exploitable results obtained from the DISCO project. “The exploitation workshop stimulated intense discussion and new avenues”, commented the project coordinator, Prof. Paul D. Fraser. Discussions between the scientists and industry representatives involved in DISCO about the exploitation of project results will continue as the project keeps running for the next two years in order to maximise DISCO project’s outputs and their impact.
Eurice is management partner in DISCO and supports the consortium in the successful implementation of the project as well as the in the dissemination and exploitation of project results.
Dr Verena Peuser
European Research and Project Office GmbH
Tel.: +49 30 374415832